The height of this lunar cycle comes in the days around the full moon arriving on June 5th (exact at 3:12pm ET), and offers a revelation about how the energies initiated on the May 22nd new moon are developing. Out of the full moon revelation, we are issued an invitation to return a gift to the world in the final weeks of the cycle.
The astro-Tarot correspondences of the moonth begin with the new moon’s association with the Major Arcana’s 6th card, the Lovers. Now the full moon comes associated with the 14th card Temperance. 6 + 14 = 20, the number of Judgment. Since here in the United States we have clearly reached a judgment point and a call to reckon with our history of slavery, genocide, and racism, I am focusing on the call coming from the Judgment card of DustIIOnyx: A Melinated Tarot created by the visionary Courtney A. Alexander. Here are some of Ms. Alexander’s wisdom teaching:
We can now clearly see ourselves in this cycle of life. We atone for our misdeeds, take responsibility for the actions that have come before, and use those experiences to impart a gift unto this world. It is a time of reckoning, a call to a higher existence beyond our lower instinctual desires. This is an intense spiritual transformation and a time of clarity. We feel the urgency to get our affairs in order so that we can further align our decisions and energy expenditures with our soul’s purpose.
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To gather wisdom under this moonth’s full moon, you can engage with one, some, or all of these practices:
- Moon bathe by sitting or lying under a window or outside on the ground. Feel the unique strength of the moon’s light. Let go of your thoughts and soak in the glow.
- Take out any reading or your reflections from the new moon and look at them in a new light. How does your understanding of the cards shift now that time has passed and light has shifted?
- Bring out The Lovers and Temperance cards from your Tarot deck and connect them to your new moon reading / reflections. You could place/imagine these cards on either side of your reading or above and below, and then look at how they add meaning into the story your original cards offered you.
- Contemplate the DustIIOnyx Judgment card by itself or in connection to other cards you are contemplating under the full moon. You could use these questions as prompts: What most draws your attention from this card? What do you know about Butterfly as a Teacher of Transformation? What call is the image making to you to serve the Whole? You may want to engage in Visio Divina with this image.
When you are done, remember to offer gratitude for what you have received. Consider what gift you now want to return to the world. Pulling a card for guidance on the gift is always a fine thing to do. In the coming weeks and before the moon returns to dark around June 18th, offer your gift to the world.
Note: There are many different roles to play and all kinds of actions to be taken in a time of reckoning. If you are hearing a call to serve justice and seek transformation, but are uncertain about action, Movement for Black Lives offers guidance for actions you can do in the streets or from your home, those that move public opinion and those that push policy, and actions that have different levels of risk. Everyone has a role to play.